Wilderness Safety Certification Courses 5/31-6/3

Jan 21, 2022Events

If we can’t stay safe in the wilderness, then we just shouldn’t stay in the wilderness.

Acquiring and maintaining safety certifications is an important part of keeping yourself and your travel companions safe. If you will be working as a Wilderness Guide, or if you do a lot of wilderness travel, or if you’re just interested in learning these skills, please join us for this weekend of wilderness safety training. You’ll learn how to prevent accidents & injuries from happening, and how to respond in the event they couldn’t be avoided.

Certifications & Instructors

Wilderness Water Safety

WWS is similar to a lifeguarding certification, but focused specifically on wilderness contexts. You’ll learn how to establish safe swimming areas wherever you go and how to rescue swimmers who are having trouble. Taught by Dave Golden, founder of the Wilderness Water Safety Institute with decades of experience in wilderness water safety. This WWS certification is valid for 3 years.

Wilderness First Aid & CPR

People get ill or injured in the wilderness, but sometimes advanced medical care can be hours away. Learn how to assess the severity of the situation, how to treat various ailments, and know when an evacuation is required. Taught by Hannah Damon, instructor with the Emergency Care & Safety Institute and Associate Director at Amnicon. She’s been teaching WFA for 4 years and loves it. This WFA certification is valid for 2 years.

Details & Logistics:


CPR – 6 pm to 10 pm, Tuesday

WFA – 6 pm to 10 pm, Wednesday to Friday

WWS – 8 am to 5 pm, Wednesday & Thursday

Lunch break – everyday 12-1 pm

Dinner break – everyday 5-6 pm


Exact location TBD, but it will be held somewhere in the Twin Cities metro area.

Cost & Payment

WWS – $200

WFA – $150

CPR – $50

Pay for just the certifications you wish to receive when you sign up!

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